Republicans maintain optimism in the face of close races

Posted at 10:54 PM, Nov 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-06 23:54:54-05

Republicans had a lot riding on this mid-term election both here in Central Texas and around the country.

Most here had their eyes on the huge race between Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke. Even though the Cruz, O'Rourke race was tight in the days leading up to the election.

Early votes in Bexar County went to O'Rourke, while Bell County went for Cruz.

In Waco, traffic backed up along Bosque Boulevard late Tuesday, as people tried to get into the busiest polling place in McLennan County.

Folks left their cars to stand in a long line to cast their ballot.

Pam Archer said she just had to take part.

"To save our country. It's that simple. It's that simple," Archer said.

McLennan County Republicans changed their strategy in recent years, in an effort to expand their base... and "spread the Republican gospel" if you will.

”I want to expand the size of our tent and reach out to that part of the community that really is Republican, but just doesn't know yet,” said Col. Jon Ker, U.S. Army (ret.) who lead the McLennan Republican party.

All that effort seemed to work, with one of the heaviest early voting turnouts anyone can remember, and an election day that had polling places humming.

And as the returns came in, everybody at Republican headquarters kept their spirits up.

”I'm hopeful for all the great things that our president can do because he's got so many great people on his side,” said Archer.

Because even the president can't get a lot of things done by himself... he needs partners in Congress to help get the job done and these people have hope, America and Texas can keep moving forward.

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